Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review of Revival by Stephen King

If you're looking for a good scare, Revival by Stephen King isn't the place to find it. However, King is still the master at character development, and Revival most certainly delivers in this area. To be honest, it's not really fair to expect King to keep readers up at night with every single book he hammers out. My guess is that when it came to Revival, King's aim was to write something unsettling without all the terror that usually permeates his books.

Revival is about a character named Jamie Morton who develops a friendship with Charles Jacobs, a preacher and new-age healer. Jacobs not only preaches about the miracles performed by Jesus, he pulls off a few himself using a strange form of electricity. The story begins when Jamie is just an impressionable young boy and continues into his adulthood when he looks to Jacobs to help him kick a heroin addiction.

The story goes on to reveal how Jacobs healed numerous other people, mostly in a carnival setting. As payment for helping him recover from his heroin habit, Jamie helps his former preacher get new believers to undergo controversial healing methods. While the treatments are successful, many of the patients suffer terrible side effects.

Jamie moves on after repaying his debt to Reverend Jacobs, but is still bothered by the way some people are affected by this healing method. Jamie decides to confront Jacobs, only to lured into another healing session with a girlfriend from his youth. I won't spoil the end other than to say it does have a dramatic conclusion.

Revival may not have been my favorite book by Stephen King, but I did like it. As always, King is King when it comes to spinning a good yarn

I am awarding Revival three out of five stars on Goodreads

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Trees that Feed Films by Monica Fox

Filmaker Monica Fox  is helping Americans learn about the nutritional value of breadfruit through a series of new videos

Fox is involved with a program called Trees That Feed Foundation which plants trees to provide food, jobs and a healthy environment in countries like Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica, Barbados and Ghana

Fox produced the films through her company, MagicFox Productions

Fox has worked in the video and film industry for more than 30 years.  During that time, she has produced travel films shown on PBX and Discovery Networks, as well as a number of documentaries,
training films and commercials.

To learn how you can hire Monica Fox to work on your next video or film project, connect with her on LinkedIn:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


I just found this interesting site called Fiverr

This is a great place for anyone who is looking for a unique way to gain exposure to their brand for just five bucks.  Services range from photo editing to passing out flyers on college campuses.  I decided to give it a try and had an artist named Zaza make this "painting" rendition of my headshot.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle -- A Review

They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle by Doreen Virtue is an example of why this is true. The cover of this book is certainly enticing, but the content doesn't “sparkle” as the title would indicate. Interestingly, the title also has the word, “dull,” which may be more appropriate

Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle goes into great detail about how trauma victims behave long after the crisis has ended. Residual fear, anger and depression are often present in people who have undergone abuse. This may lead to problems with current relationships, and Virtue's book aims to help resolve some of those issues.

Virtue accurately observes that people who have experienced trauma often unknowingly seek out others who have also been damaged. Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle points out ways to identify toxic relationships and helpful ways to minimize the impact they have on people's lives. As a professional psychology counselor with a Ph.D., Virtue seems to really understand these issues. What escapes her, however, is a way to make this valuable information interesting to the reader.

Because of Virtue's clinical credentials, I was surprised to learn she is involved in something called “Angel Therapy”

While I appreciated some of the helpful tips contained in this book, there was nothing groundbreaking here. I'm okay with that, knowing most of these books have a few central messages. I think the challenge for writers is to find new and compelling ways to present the information. Thanks to the “dull” style in which this book was written, I am only awarding Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle by Doreen Virtue two stars on my Goodreads Page